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Understanding Firm Performance on Green Sustainable Practices through Managers’ Ascribed Responsibility and Waste Management: Green Self-Efficacy as Moderator

by 1,2, 1,*, 1 and 3,4 and Chengliang D
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School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092, China
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School of Business, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004, China
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Institute for Advanced Study, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092, China
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UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 4976; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11184976
Received: 16 August 2019 / Revised: 4 September 2019 / Accepted: 6 September 2019 / Published: 11 September 2019
Firms’ performance in sustainable development has caused increasing concerns. A key issue is that the environmental characteristics of business managers may be an important driver to promote the sustainable practice of enterprises. This study explores the relationship between ascribed responsibility of managers and green sustainable practice of enterprises by introducing the waste management as mediation variable and green self-efficacy as a moderating variable. A survey was conducted in manufacturing enterprises from the Yangtze River Delta in China in 2019, where 149 valid questionnaires were collected out of 200 surveyed enterprises. Subsequently, the data were analyzed through an analytic hierarchy process. The results show that: (1) ascribed responsibility of managers has a positive impact on green sustainable practices (β = 0.428, p < 0.001), and waste management plays a full mediating role during this process (β = 0.428, p < 0.001); (2) managers' green self-efficacy strengthens the positive impact of waste management on sustainable practices (β = 0.284, p < 0.05); (3) green self-efficacy has positively moderated the indirect effect of managers' ascribed responsibility for sustainable practice through waste management. The research enriches the theories on sustainable practice of enterprises from the perspective of managers’ environmental characteristics and provides insights for enterprises to promote sustainable development practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ascribed responsibility; green sustainable practices; green self-efficacy; waste management Ascribed responsibility; green sustainable practices; green self-efficacy; waste management
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Guo, L.; Xu, Y.; Liu, G.; Wang, T. Understanding Firm Performance on Green Sustainable Practices through Managers’ Ascribed Responsibility and Waste Management: Green Self-Efficacy as Moderator. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4976.

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